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Marriage education (or relationship education) is an effort to increase relationship stability and satisfaction through programs for both individuals and couples. These programs are designed to intervene in potential risk factors for relationship dissatisfaction or instability by teaching important skills and principles believed to promote healthy relationships. Marriage education provides some similar benefits to therapy, but it is a nonclinical intervention distinct in several ways. This entry describes marriage education and discusses who it serves, how it is administered, its distinction from therapy, and its effectiveness in improving relationships.

Marriage Education and Who It Serves

Historically, marriage education arose from efforts within religious environments to prepare couples for marriage or enhance marital quality. The focus was to promote happiness in marriage by preparing couples and helping happy ...

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